Woman Guilty Of Voting Illegally

Woman Guilty Of Voting Illegally Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

(KNSI) - An Avon woman has been convicted of voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election.

Jean Marie Studniski pleaded guilty to being an ineligible voter who knowingly votes, a felony.

She was sentenced to 20 days served and five years probation.

The 50-year-old cast a ballot on November 8th, 2016, while on probation for a felony conviction for wrongfully obtaining food assistance.

In November of 2015 she pleaded guilty to taking more than $15,000 in food assistance that she was ineligible for between 2010 and 2013.

Studniski was told by a judge and her probation agent that she was not allowed to register to vote, vote, serve on a jury, or hold public office until her civil rights are fully restored in 2025.

She also signed court documents acknowledging that she was ineligible to vote until finished with probation.

She is the second person in Stearns County convicted of voting illegally in the last presidential election.

In January, 53-year-old Jeffery John Spanier pleaded guilty to registration of an ineligible voter, a felony.

He was sentenced to four years probation. The Sartell man’s voting rights were taken away in September 2014 when he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of running a sports betting operation in Benton County.